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ERIC Number: ED192867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Guidelines for Medical Play.
Ostrenga, Mary Anne
Medical play can be used as a tool to aid children in coping with stress related to hospitalization, surgery, medical care, and illness. Providing children with adequate guidance and appropriate supplies necessary for medical play, prepares children for medical experiences by enabling them to express their thoughts and feelings. Before attempting to involve a child in medical play the clinician must develop a sensitive, trusting relationship with the child and be aware of the child's individual needs, previous medical experiences, developmental stage, and treatment regime. When planning to use medical play to achieve a desired goal the clinician should choose the miniature hospital furniture, dolls, puppets, and medical supplies that can best facilitate the child's play. Once a child's medical experiences have been adequately worked through, the child will enjoy playing out other life experiences and will learn to adapt to the surrounding adult world. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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